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Aims and Objectives of Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA)

  • To achieve equal human and civil rights for those affected by the Irish adoption system.

  • To ensure that adopted people in Ireland have statutory based rights and tracing/information services.

  • To ensure that the Irish Constitution is amended to include children’s rights, including the right of the child to his/her identity.

  • To ensure that adopted people have automatic access to their birth certificates.

  • To achieve the unconditional opening of adoption files to adopted people who have reached the age of eighteen years. 

  • To ensure that adopted people and adopted children have the right to know they are adopted.

  • To achieve the abolition of closed, secret, unethical and non-child-centred adoption.

  • To inform, enable, empower, represent and support those affected by the Irish adoption system by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.

  • To develop a peer support based advocacy system in order to assist adopted people and natural parents in dealing with the closed secretive Irish adoption system.

  • To provide support and advice in matters relating to tracing and information and to encourage and enable those affected by adoption to trace in an ethical manner.

  • To develop a mechanism for those affected by adoption to safely voice their concerns and raise complaints with the Irish Adoption Authority in a confidential manner.

  • To educate adoption professionals and the wider community regarding the effects of closed secret adoption on adopted people and to promote openness, awareness and understanding of adoption related issues.

  • To develop and maintain tracing methods for those affected by the Irish adoption system.

  • To develop and maintain tracing methods for people adopted into Ireland from other countries.  We welcome the help of interested adoptive parents, natural families or any interested parties from or familiar with the countries of origin – all of whom must share ARA’s ethos.

  • To assist the process of healing the emotional damage caused by the closed secretive Irish adoption system.

  • To seek acknowledgement and validation for the losses imposed by closed secret adoption.

  • To research and promote a child centred code of best practice in adoption, alternatives to adoption and post adoption services.

  • To ensure that Adoption Authority operations are covered under the Freedom of Information Act and Ombudsman’s Act.

  • To commit to working in alliance with all those who share our aims and/or respect our views and our right to hold them.

Click the links for our Mission StatementAims & Objectives and Public Disclosure Statement

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting loneliness." 

Alex Haley, Author of Roots 





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